Jeff Roberts first started going to sleepaway camp in third grade. It was the one place where he could just be.
“The only responsibility you have is to be you and to be in the moment,” he says. “You never get that opportunity elsewhere.”
He went to camp every year through high school, then gained valuable leadership skills by working on staff during college.
He still values that feeling of freedom: to make lifelong friends, connect with nature, get away from parents a bit, safely explore, and grow as an individual.
“That’s why you go to camp—and then wait eleven months to go back.”
Jeff, our incoming board president, grew up loving the outdoors in Seattle. Summer camp runs in the family. His grandmother, mom, aunt, and sister are all Camp Sealth alums. His wife, Briana, grew up going to camp, too. And now their 6-year-old son will, too: Gabriel gets his first taste this summer, at one
of our community day camps. (Four-year-old Jemma will have to wait.)
Jeff has served on the board for the past five years and feels a strong connection to Camp Fire’s longstanding history of inclusion. He and Briana also donate generously to Camp Fire.
“The focus on equity, inclusion, and diversity makes it aligned with who our family is and why we want to support it.”
They want every kid to be able to take a break from screens and experience, the way their family has, the magic of camp.